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For golfers of all degrees of skill

July 11, 1955
July 11, 1955

Table of Contents
July 11, 1955

Events & Discoveries
Spectacle
  • A sailplane pilot soars through a wide, noiseless world, forever searching for the free power to keep him there

  • Flapping and flopping for a thousand years in imitation of eagles, crows, beetles and fish, man finally found his way into the air. In sailplanes he now flies well and high with very little fuss and no feathers at all

  • By William F. Talbert

    The U.S. Davis Cup captain, a Wimbledon witness, reveals the young Cincinnatian finally capturing the world's most coveted tennis title

The Wonderful World Of Sport
Anniversary
Sporting Look
All-Star Preview
Acknowledgments
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

For golfers of all degrees of skill

An extremely critical part of the golf swing—I cannot overstate its importance—is the take-away, the action at the very start of the swing in which the hands take the club back and the swing begins to take its form.

This is an article from the July 11, 1955 issue

Let me state as positively and as plainly as possible what a golfer should strive for in the take-away. First, the club should be taken back neither by the left hand nor the right hand but by both hands, working together. The club should be taken back neither outside nor inside but straight back, right on the line of flight. The arms should be just a little short of extended, sort of semirelaxed, as opposed to being overextended or pushed out.

If you start the swing with a correct takeaway, the battle is half done. You will automatically fall into a correct position at the top of the backswing, and knowing this helps you eliminate the thinking you would otherwise do about attaining that correct position at the top. In a few words, then, a correct take-away is the key, as I see it, to simplifying the complicated business of building a sound golf swing.

from PETER THOMSON, British Open champion, 1954

TWO PHOTOSILLUSTRATIONwrong, inside the lineILLUSTRATIONcorrectILLUSTRATIONwrong, outside the line

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